Nigel Mansell’s Ferrari F40 Takes Pole Position at Bonhams Sale

By Paul Joseph

A 1989 Ferrari F40 formerly owned by former F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell was the top lot of the Bonhams annual Zoute auction in Belgium on Friday.

The historic racing car yielded €690,000 (£543,375) at the auction in the picturesque seaside resort of Knokke-Le-Zoute, which achieved a total of €3.8 million (£2.9 million).

Philip Kantor, Head of the Continental European Motoring department, said: “We’ve enjoyed another great sale at Zoute, achieving nearly double last year’s total.

“Ferraris continue to excel, taking pole position as top lot, with Nigel Mansell’s F40 achieving €690,000 (£543,375) to a telephone bidder, and a 1972 Ferrari 365GTC/4 Berlinetta selling at €287,500 (£226,406).

“Offering an eclectic selection from the best of European classic motoring, the Zoute auction attracts international interest with clients from across the globe bidding – wonderful for a sale in only its second year.”

Other highlights of the auction included the sale of a 1978 Alfa Romeo 8C Monza child’s car, which surpassed all expectations by achieving €31,625 (£24,905).

A brace of Bentleys added British luxury engineering to the event, with a 1987 Bentley Continental Convertible selling far above estimate at €98,900 (£77,883), and from the T-Series, a 1970 Bentley T1 sold for €17,250 (£13,584).

By Paul Joseph